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Pet Name: TenderHorn
As a reporter for the neopet spotlight, you find yourself always less than impressed with the thousands of applicants. You're prepared for this one to be no different. A baby Tonu stands before you, looking both shy but arrogant in one fair swoop. A small plushie babaa sits hidden behind his legs with a tiny cooty sitting on it's shoulder.
"Hi," the baby drawls, preening and batting his eyes as if you're in the presence of some superstar. Perhaps, you are. You can see the beauty contest trophies on the wall behind the Tonu and it's difficult to miss the library on the shelves. This baby has definitely been well taken care of.
You smile and reply, "Hi," hoping that the tiny male didn't notice you eying his collection. If he did, you may be in for a bore snore about his amazing feats.
"I'm TenderHorn, or Tender for short and this is Cuddles." The Tonu gestures towards its trophies and awards. "I noticed you looking at those, but that's not where my true adventure lies. No, I'm an explorer. I may be little, but I've been all over."
You can't help but eye the baby incredulously. It's hard to believe such a young Neopian could be an explorer, so he continues, "I've been lost in the Tombs of Geraptiku, gone to Coltzan's Shrine in the Lost Desert, been to the Smuggler's Cove on Krawk Island. Why..." Here the Tonu looks around to make sure no one's listening, "I've even been into the Hidden Tower in Faerieland. Fyora is quite a nice faerie, even if she is a bit intimidating.
"Yes, I know." The Tonu rubs his horn thoughtfully. "It doesn't sound possible for someone as young and cute as me, but I'm really a special Tonu. I'm not like any other. See, my mom puts me through vigorous training to enhance my skills. She educates me; I've read many books. She even makes me earn my keep. Those jobs are hard to get at the faerie employment agency. All of these things have helped me to be stronger and more confident in myself, hence why I've done so much exploring.
"Plus," he adds, "I've got a great family who support me in all of my adventures. Some of them even come with me on them." You're nodding your head; maybe he is above the rest. Perhaps you've actually found a worthy candidate for the neopet spotlight.
Tender continues, "You will never find any other Tonu like me, not as long as you live. Go ahead, check out what I have to offer. If you find another Tonu comparable to me, he must be one well loved neopet." You can't help but smile. This Tonu does come across as arrogant, overly-confident, but very happy, and you don't always find those in Neopia. That decides it; you've found yourself a champion neopet who clearly deserves a spotlight.
Who are you to say no to such an enduring creature? Certainly you can't turn your back upon him and dash his infant hopes, especially not after he's survived all of those adventures and come back none the worse for the wear. No, TenderHorn is one Tonu who will receive the neopet spotlight. If he were your pet, wouldn't you want him to as well?
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